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Volvo 780

Volvo 780
Displacement (bore * stroke)
Compression ratio
Engine controlOHC
Maximum torque
Maximum performance
Drive trainFront engine, longitudinal,
Rear drive
Wheelbase2.770 mm
Front suspensionMcPherson, coil springs
Rear suspensionRigid axle, coil springs
BrakesDiscs, front ventilated, servo
Wheels f/r205/60 R 15 (6")
Length4.790 mm
Width1.750 mm
Height1.400 mm
Luggage compartment418 litres
Kerb weightFrom 1.420 kg
Tank capacity60 litres
Maximum speed
Year of manufacture1985 - 1990

It was not an easy task to move into the luxury car class, after probably not quite successful 262 C and still maintain the Volvo identity. 262 C. It should be significantly larger, also by design this time. Advantage this time, Bertone was allowed to experiment on the complete body, not just cut back the roof. However, he had a bitter pill to swallow, namely the wheelbase had to be retained.

262 C: 6,622 vehicles sold (1977 - 1981)

The result was probably to describe as sucessfully. Perhaps for this reason, the manufacturer pointed out that this car was produced in collaboration with Volvo chief designer Jan Wilsgaard. Although no one can doubt that it is a Volvo. Lay people who are far enough away and choose a very specific point of view, could tap on a BMW, but that certainly lacks any expertise, right?

Destination direction: the market on the other side of the Atlantic

The car was built and initially sold in Italy also. Whether therefore, it was also available with a diesel engine? If one would never have to start it cold, the turbo-diesel would be with its performance quite comfortable. Certainly that applied to the interior. Basically the same as the of the limousine attracted immediately attention the additional root wood trim on the doors and wonderfully crafted leather on the seats and steering wheel.

During its last year only 'Coupé' instead of '780'

Very well equipped it was, to what were still counted central locking and electric actuation of windows, sunroof, seats and mirrors at that time. The audio system was highly praised and except automatic level control and automatic climate control there was already a so-called trip computer. However, the car also was 25 percent more expensive than the top model 760.

Late improvement of the chassis ...

The 780 Coupé remains a certain exclusivity with one for a year more on the market not significantly higher sales rate. Hardly criticism there were at the petrol cars which ensured as turbocharged four-cylinder and V six-cylinder for pleasing driving performance. More likely you could criticise the rear rigid axle, which was replaced against one with semi-trailing arms only in 1988. 03/15               Top of page               Index
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